Offline satellite maps?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by devo2002, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. devo2002

    devo2002 Long timer

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    I looked everywhere and got nothing.

    I've had a nuvi for two years and it works well with routes and road directions. But for going off the beaten path or taking that dirt path through a remote mountain range I've found it's pretty useless. Topos aren't bad but After downloading google earth to my iPhone and being able to view a route I realized it doesn't get any better than this.....online.

    I saw a press release that android will soon offer offline google earth for metropolitan sized areas and apple should and an announcement about mapping next week but I'm SOL now

    At this point my brain is overheating from thinking so i ask you.....does anyone offer satellite maps for iPhone or any device at all really, phone or gps? Not topo, satellite.
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  2. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    for android phones and google maps, the map tiles are cached as they are viewed. So in my instance, when I know where I'm going, I'll view the map and satellite view in google maps, on my android phone, and those tiles will be available for offline viewing without any network connection. The obvious "trouble" is that you have to manually view, zoom in, follow the intended route, zoom in, follow the intended route to the desired zoom level.

    There is an android application made by a member here named craftycoder, the app is called DualSportMaps. It has an accompanying website for uploading and storing AND searching tracks uploaded by other members of the site, and the default map view is a OSM. The simple explanation is that they are vector maps, take up ALOT less space AND they are all viewable offline. Additionally, if you have loaded a track into the phone, there is an option to DL all map tiles along the route for offline viewing. There is a thread in the vendors forum called "Dual Sport Maps" or similar and I've used the app and highly recommend it for android phone users searching for just this solution.
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  3. VTSteve

    VTSteve Been here awhile

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    Garmin offers "Birdseye" downloadable sat photos on their high end GPS. I use it on my Colorado and it works pretty well for me. The maps take a really long time to download and install, but they're very detailed.
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  4. devo2002

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    Both very good suggestions, I was not aware dualsportmaps had satellite imaging. Thanks for Birdseye imaging, maybe I'll get my hands on a used Colorado or something, but I'm hoping I find an iPhone solution since I already got that.

    I have topo maps apps and that is great for hiking or biking, but cumbersome for riding. There has to be a solution under $100
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  5. EmmEff

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    I just confirmed on my iPhone that MotionX GPS allows downloading (and caching) Bing satellite maps.
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  6. devo2002

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    Now we are talking. I see two motionx apps, but since they are both a dollar I'll just try both and report :clap
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  7. EmmEff

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    There's MotionX GPS Drive, which does *not* allow caching of satellite maps (works like a Garmin auto GPS for routing, etc) and there's MotionX GPS, which is the one you want.
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    Awesome, I am able to download bing hybrid maps of entire regions for relatively little space, I can also uPload gpx files. Given this costs a dollar, what is the bonus of paying $300+ for a dedicated Delorme or garmin?

    Dedicated device yes but if I have a charger and no other apps runnin my iPhone becomes pretty dedicated.
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  9. ARZ

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    Sorry to dredge this old thread up, but I'm on Android and still looking for a way to Cashe satellite images. Anyone have an APP that isnt $20. I would probably pay it if I saw someones detailed review or instructions. This one only appears to show Maps, and not very detailed ones at that.
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  10. Mondo-Hondo

    Mondo-Hondo Delusional, but very excited

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    It's $20, but I've been using Gaia GPS on an iphone and with an ipad (waiting for my bad elf gps receiver to use the ipad on the bike) and Gaia is pretty rad. It lets you select from a lot of map sources (including google sat imagery) and will let you download maps for offline use. It will also automatically download the maps for a track if you have those loaded. and it natively opens gpx and kml files, so going from Google Earth to a track is pretty easy.

    I like it better than motionX (which i also have) primarily for the numerous map sources an the auto-download of maps for a track.
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  11. vanhelsing

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    http://download-satellite-maps.tk/ offers eBook that explains how to download and use satellite maps on most popular platforms such as android, iphone and others. The eBook costs money but software used to do that is free and there are no cherges for downloading sat maps. Satellite maps used in ozi formats, so it's picture + coordinates file and plenty of software have support for this formats. There is no limit of area size to this method so you can get as large chunk as you want, and there are over 5 ifferent satellites available, so you can get best pictures for the area you need.
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  12. 250senuf

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    Android tablet running Lollipop while on wireless went from Google Maps to Google Earth install at the Play Store. Once Google Earth was installed I panned around, zoomed into a few areas. Closed all apps. Disconnected from wireless, no other connection to the Internet. Opened Google Earth (called just Earth on my Tablet) and was able to see all the satellite imagery that was cached. Free.
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  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    an ebook that requires bitcoins only for payment ?

    nothing odd about that at all.


    google satellite imagery is free, if you cache under x amount each day. this isn't new, no ebook or shady bitcoin mess needed.
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  14. vanhelsing

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    I've downloaded from there with no problems (after trasferring bitcoins), in fact I'm glad that there is no limit to map sources (bing/yandex/esri maps has better pictures in some areas) and area size, google is great in certain cases, but you can't get large areas from it as they limit download size. I't just probably not for average needs when cached google earth pictures is enough for what you do. ~40-50$ is an amount I usually spend in the restaurant with my friends so it's ok with me..
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  15. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    whats the cache size ? (Mb / Gb ?)
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    Backcountry Navigator allows download of uses images. $12. I love it.
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  17. vanhelsing

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    unlimited, but final file should not be over 4gb, as sd card in your device uses fat32 filesystem
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